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Behold Our Risen Lord
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"...Beyond the pain, there is hope; beyond the cross, there is life; beyond the grave, there is glory. Behold our risen Lord!" This gorgeous Resurrection anthem, scored for SATB voices, piano and cello obbligato (included in score), is a wonderfully lyric offering that sings beautifully in choirs of any size. Perfect as an Easter selection or as an anthem on the Sundays following.

Hal Leonard
08745066 - SATB

Beneath the Star
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Christ's birth is celebrated anew with this sensitive, expressive original anthem from Ruthie Schram for mixed voices, keyboard, with optional String Orchestra accompaniment. "Beneath the star, a common rustic barn becomes a palace worthy of a king ... Beneath the star, the darkest night is ablaze with glorious light." For Christmas Eve, use a string quintet for an even more intimate moment.

Hal Leonard
08745945 - SATB
08745946 - Instrumental ePak (Violin I and II, Viola, Cello, Bass)
08747128 - Bonus Trax CD

Exalted and Triumphant
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The majestic "All Glory, Laud and Honor" text and new music is creatively woven with the Twila Paris favorite "He is Exalted" for a dynamic partner song.  Perfect for Palm Sunday, this bright and rhythmic anthem is festive and exciting.  Optional children's participation (or adult ensemble / praise team) will make it unforgettable.

Hal Leonard
08743992 - SATB/Children (or Ensemble)
08743943 - Accompaniment CD

Feast of Grace
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This moving and unforgettable Communion anthem with flowing lines and a beautiful piano accompaniment also features a lovely flute obbligato. It quietly soars with a message of faith and assurance in Christ's ultimate sacrifice. "In the Lord's house we find that the table is spread with a fountain of wine and a banquet of bread..." Psalm 34:8 is also quoted: "Taste and see that the Lord is good, feast your heart and soul on the sacred food..."

Hal Leonard
08744487 - SATB

The Legend of the Christmas King (cover) The Legend of the Christmas King
Journey with the "Fourth Wise Man" Artiban (Artie, for short) to Bethlehem as he goes in search of the Newborn King of kings. Along the way, Artie is joined by Mortimer the Angel who helps him on his quest. During their journey, Artie and Mortimer meet some people in need, and Artie misses the birth of Jesus. Yet, he learns some important Biblical truths along the way.

Perfect for grades 1-6, this charming musical play contains delightful, easy-to-prepare songs and dialogue. Story by Dennis Scott, songs written and arranged by Ruth Elaine Schram, orchestrated by John DeVries, lesson plans by Christi Cary Miller.

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Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled
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This gentle anthem takes its text from a beloved passage from the Gospel of John. Ruth Elaine Schram's musical setting brings just the right mood for the words, creating an anthem your choir and congregation will cherish. Particularly appropriate for services commemorating September 11.

Hal Leonard
08744793 - SATB

Looking For the Light
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If you're looking for an Advent anthem to express a feeling of joyous expectation, look no further than this upbeat, contemporary selection.  Sing this with or without piano, but be sure to use the pizzicato string bass, and triangle to tell the world that something wonderful is about to happen!  Layered vocals, tight rhythms, cool harmonies - this song is bursting with fun.

Hal Leonard
08744209 - SATB / Percussion (opt. a cappella)
08744228 - Accompaniment CD

A Mighty Hope
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Celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord, here is a rousing and uplifting anthem of joy, peace, and hope. "There is hope, a mighty hope, since Jesus arose from the grave! There is peace, a mighty peace, knowing Jesus Christ can save! There is joy, a mighty joy as we celebrate in one accord, because nothing in the world is greater than our Risen Lord!" Perfect text for the Easter season. May be sung a cappella or with the optional Piano accompaniment.

Hal Leonard
08747314 - SATB (opt. a cappella)
08747368 - Bonus Trax CD

Noel Masterworks (cover) Noel Masterworks
Classical Masterworks with Christmas Carols arranged by Ruth Elaine Schram, beautifully orchestrated by John Purifoy. This artful blending of classical masterworks with beloved carols creates a unique collection you will use time and again. The five arrangements contained in this collection are useful throughout the Advent and Christmas season.

You may use the selections individually or present them together with the optional narration included in the book for a rich 25-30 minute cantata. Because the pieces are based on well-known classical works, the introductions tend to be longer than usual, allowing time to add your own dramatic presentation if you desire.

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Prayer for Christmas
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A lovely new text by Ruth Elaine Schram is beautifully set to the classic Englebert Humperdinck melody from "Hansel and Gretel." The string orchestration option (Violin 1 and 2, Viola, Cello, and Double Bass; available digitally from Hal Leonard online) makes for a stunning accompaniment with live players or with the recorded track.

Brookfield Press (Hal Leonard)
08747944 - SATB
08747946 - ChoirTrax CD
(available by download) - String Orchestration

A Prelude to Advent
One of Chopin's most profoundly engaging melodies (well known to most piano players) forms the foundation of this fascinating Advent offering. Ruthie creates a meaningful dialogue between a treasured carol and this masterful theme. Chorally satisfying, your singers will connect with its tender beauty, and your congregation will feel anchored to the familiar tune. Help keep your Advent worship meaningful with this new anthem.

Beautifully orchestrated by John Purifoy (originally published in the "Noel Masterworks" collection); both the Chamber Orchestration and an Accompaniment CD are available separately.

Brookfield Press (Hal Leonard)
00124938 - SATB
00124951 - Orchestra Score and Parts CD-rom
00124939 - ChoirTrax CD

Silent Noel
Originally included in the collection Noel Masterworks, this lovely arrangement of "Silent Night" features strains of Debussy's Clair de Lune in the accompaniment. With a tender and exquisite orchestration by John Purifoy, this much-loved and familiar carol is offered to us in a heartfelt and stunning new light.

Score and parts are available as a digital download at

Hal Leonard
00156621 - SATB
00156622 - ChoirTrax CD
Digital Download - Score and Parts

Sing and Celebrate!
Designed for younger elementary choirs, "Sing and Celebrate!" contains a variety of general and seasonal songs for use throughout the church year by composers Ruth Elaine Schram, Joseph M. Martin, Cindy Berry, and Jeff Reeves.

Packed with lesson plans, teaching resources, and rehearsal planning ideas, this collection gives you all the tools necessary for building a successful, engaging choir program in one value packed Book/CD combination. The enhanced StudioTrax CD features accompaniment and performance tracks, along with reproducible singers' pages and colorful PDF song charts for projection options.

Unison songs both familiar and new; suggested for grades K-4.

GlorySound (Hal Leonard)
HL 35028238 - Book/CD Combination

Spirit of Joy
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This energetic and upbeat anthem truly reflects its joyous text. Perfect for use at Pentecost, the music and lyrics are a positive message of the power of God's love in our lives. Scored for mixed voices, Piano, with optional Triangle and Bass parts included in the score.

Hal Leonard
08745025 - SATB

There Is a Rose
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"There is a rose, a perfect rose, the prize of heaven's garden; sent down to earth as a tiny Child, to secure our pardon..." This expressive, gentle lullaby is filled with the wonder of Christmas and briefly quotes "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming."  Lyric vocal and accompaniment lines create an atmosphere of love and worship to the Perfect Rose.  A fine choice for any December service; particularly effective on Christmas Eve.

Hal Leonard
08744180 - SATB

Upon This Rock
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Commissioned for the 200th anniversary of Edenton United Methodist Church, Edenton, North Carolina, this powerful setting of Matthew 16:17-19 is aptly set by Ruth Elaine Schram. The familiar text is one of the best-known foundational scriptures of the mission for the church: "Upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it..." Appropriate for worship services, dedications, and other commitment days throughout the church year.

Hal Leonard
08748991 - SATB

Waiting For Emmanuel
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The plaintive melody and text of this lovely Advent offering are surrounded by piano and optional cello part (included in score). Describing familiar Biblical characters, as well as all of us who wait for the arrival of a Savior "...each with a need that only He could fill..." An excellent choice for Advent and Christmas.

Hal Leonard
08745313 - SATB
08745150 - BonusTrax CD

Winter Songs
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Music and text are beautifully married in this wistful winter concert or festival piece by Gene Grier and Ruth Elaine Schram. "Winter moonlight frosty glow, shining brightly in the snow; glistening snowflakes all around. Can you hear the sound as they fall?..." Available in two voicings.

Hal Leonard
08744927 - SSA

Your Love Has Led Us Here
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For family emphasis services, child dedications, baptisms or Mother's Day/Father's Day services, this anthem by Jan McGuire and Ruth Elaine Schram is a great choice. Dual texts insure the right words for the various occasions, making this a very flexible and useful addition to your library. The optional flute obbligato adds a serene touch and the piano accompaniment is rhythmically supportive. Voiced for SAB with cues for SATB. BonusTrax CD is available.

Hal Leonard
08744590 - SA(T)B
08744624 - Bonus Trax CD

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